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Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling,' calls for cooperation

Putin Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship Putin Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship
Leonard Rios | 13 June, 2018, 05:39

And French President Emmanuel Macron this week threatened to drop the United States from the group's final agreement altogether.

US trading partners have been furious over President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda. During his time in La Malbaie, the US president refused to back down.

President Trump doesn't want anything to do with that.

We have to treat this very accurately and carefully, such phenomenon has its place in the world, it is developing!

But despite the rows over trade and Russia, Mr Trump rated his relationship with other G7 leaders as 10 out of 10.

"Something's going to happen".

"We both think that trade protection is rising now and the global economic recovery faces unsteady, uncertain factors", Xi said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed criticism by the Group of Seven nations as "creative babbling" and said it was time to start cooperating again.

"I cordially congratulate you on the state holiday - Russia Day". "I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreements and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers, and our middle classes".

But details are scant so far, and clear differences are remaining.

Expectations for a major breakthrough on trade at the summit, however, remain low, with USA allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues. "A format that is explicitly based on respecting global law is not viable for Russian Federation at present", she said.

First team arrives Russian Federation for World Cup
MOSCOW: Russia's Mario Fernandes and Turkey's Hasan Ali Kaldirim vie for the ball during an worldwide friendly football match. I'm anxious about our footballers. "I just can not grieve for the ridiculous coaching team that destroys our football".

It shows the growing severity of the issue
A graphic released by the Centers for Disease Control in June 2018 shows rising suicide rates across the US between 1999 and 2016. They were also more likely to commit a homicide followed by suicide (aOR = 2.9, 95% CI = 2.2-3.8) than the latter group.

Rafael Nadal boosted by rain delay as he storms beyond Diego Schwartzman
Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros , Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. Twice the runner-up in Paris , Halep has qualified for the final by defeating 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4.

Membership includes Canada, the U.S., UK, Italy, France, Japan and Germany. The EU is also attending the summit.

Having left the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, Trump's announcement that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

But he was more affable after meeting Macron and Trudeau, swapping jokes with the latter before the media though neither budged on their trade positions.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging US customers with astronomical tariffs on dairy products. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade".

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team. From there, he planned to jet to Singapore for an unprecedented summit with the leader of North Korea, which is technically still in a state of war with the US and considered by Trump's administration to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

Also new is an ongoing USA federal investigation into whether Trump's associates co-operated in Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.

In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit United States exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has voiced her support for a G7 statement which highlighted the need to keep sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Ottawa.

The spat has financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation. The party of free trade has entirely surrendered to Trump's doctrine of "America First". Canada and Mexico, the other members of the 1994 pact, have been frustrated by the slow pace of talks to renegotiate NAFTA.

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